DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS USA Mar. 1, 2000: Endeavor Information Systems President and CEO Jane Burke was inducted into the prestigious Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Feb. 24 in a ceremony at the Chicago Hilton and Towers. Burke was recognized for her demonstration of entrepreneurial talent in founding and growing Endeavor Information Systems.
With Burke, the 23 inductees included Chicago area innovators and leaders in technology, software, manufacturing, financial consulting and electronic communication. Honorees were interviewed and evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of previous nominees, business media representatives and executives of sponsoring organizations. The award highlights Burke as an example of a successful leader who recognizes opportunities with creativity, persistence and sound business judgement.
The Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame is the oldest and most prestigious program honoring Chicago area entrepreneurs. First presented in 1985, the program is sponsored jointly by William Blair & Company; Grant Thornton LLP; LaSalle National Bank, N.A.; Lord, Bissell & Brook and the University of Illinois at Chicago's Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. The institute, ranked in the top 10 in the nation, was among the first entrepreneurial studies programs in the country.
"Today's news is filled with high praise for technology as the power behind the wonderful economic surge the U.S. is experiencing," said Hill Hammock, COO of LaSalle Bank. "But the real force driving today's economy are the entrepreneurs like the ones we are honoring at this year's Hall of Fame."
Established in 1994, Endeavor Information Systems was founded by five enterprising colleagues who worked together at NOTIS Systems, an Evanston-based technology transfer out of Northwestern University. Burke was elected President and CEO, and Endeavor attracted sufficient venture capital to build the new company. In February 1999, Endeavor redeemed the initial capitalization investments and became an employee-owned company. Based in Des Plaines, Illinois, Endeavor today employs 124 experienced library and technology professionals.
"Endeavor is a growing company comprised of individuals with Midwestern values and passion for new technology," explained Burke. "With a talented staff, Endeavor continues to provide smart designs for today's changing libraries with a commitment to forward-thinking development."
Voyager, Endeavor's integrated library management system, is a market leader applying the latest software technologies. Accompanying Voyager, Endeavor's complete suite of library management products includes ImageServer, Citation Server, Media Scheduling and ENCompass, the digital collection management solution.
Over 600 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen the high performance Voyager system. Around the globe, Voyager has been selected by three national libraries: the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Finland and the National Library of New Zealand; Monash University, the largest library in the Southern Hemisphere; and 25 of the largest academic and research libraries in North America.
Endeavor Information Systems was awarded the KPMG Illinois High Tech Award in 1998 and was a finalist for the Chicago Software Association Enterprise Award in 1999.